We're getting a puppy

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 27 May 2019, 3:19pm

He's wide awake now. :shock:
How he does this, I don't know, but he's wide awake.
Now terrorising one of our cats.
Well, not terrorising coz the cat isn't worried in the slightest, but Sailor thinks he's terrorising it.



Stop Press.
Sailor is now ignoring the cat, and playing with his ball.
I'm trying to drink a glass of beer. :wink:
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Bonefishblues » 27 May 2019, 4:25pm

Chip off the old, as they say.

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 27 May 2019, 6:23pm

Fast asleep now, under the armchair. :D
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Psamathe » 27 May 2019, 7:15pm

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
dump the ball thrower and long walks while he is still growing!
won't do him a lot of good, gently does it :wink:

6 miles is a bit (lot) for a young puppy whose bones are not yet formed. In the days when I was doing agility with my own dogs we always had a rule that no training before they are 10 months old.

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 27 May 2019, 7:30pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Border Collie.
Tough as old boots.
From a farm dog litter.

He's our fifth BC and we know what we're doing.

Wide awake again, and wants another walk! :shock:
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 27 May 2019, 8:06pm

Phew!

20odd minutes up and around the wood.
He's back in and brought a long stick home and chewing it to bits and now he's got a piece of firewood off the hearth. :lol:
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Bonefishblues » 27 May 2019, 8:10pm

Mick F wrote:Fast asleep now, under the armchair. :D

Where's the dog? :wink:

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 27 May 2019, 8:13pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Good one!

Here's a shot of him with the firewood.
Off-cut of pallet.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Psamathe » 27 May 2019, 8:37pm

Mick F wrote::lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Border Collie.
Tough as old boots.
From a farm dog litter.

He's our fifth BC and we know what we're doing.

Wide awake again, and wants another walk! :shock:

Unfortunately the bone plates are not so tough so that you have got away with it in the past does not mean they are "tough as old boots" (not even in a farm Border Collie). Border Collies are very good at "overdoing it". The risk is to the joints and the issues tend not to emerge until later life.

Still you "know what you are doing" so why listen to anybody else? (e.g. vets, Kennel Club, etc).

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 28 May 2019, 7:20am

Have it your way.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Psamathe » 28 May 2019, 9:23am

Mick F wrote:Have it your way.

It's not "my way" it's based on advice from those who really know (vets, etc.) e.g. [quote=="https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/general-advice-about-caring-for-your-new-puppy-or-dog/puppy-and-dog-walking/"]Puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs. If you over-exercise a growing puppy you can overtire it and damage its developing joints, causing early arthritis. A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.[/quote]
I'm afraid Border Collie growth plates are no stronger than those in other breeds (though Border Collies are far more motivated than many other breeds and ignore discomfort, exhaustion, etc. far more).

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 28 May 2019, 9:46am

Fine.
All I can say, he is being treated no differently to the other four we've had. First one was in 1974. Sally followed by Megan, Phoebe, and Rascal.
I'll be out again walking with him later this morning maybe a couple of miles and down by the river bank.

The 5.8miles yesterday was over a total of four hours with a stop at the Queens Head up the road from here for him and me to have a drink. He also had a few bikkies.

No hard walking, just gentle stuff and allowing him to meet people, dogs, and get over his fear of traffic, plus having a good sniff of stuff as we go.

Just like Megan and Phoebe before him, he likes to eat sheep poo and horse poo. :lol:
Sally and Rascal were never interested in it.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 28 May 2019, 3:42pm

A couple of miles walked, and he couldn't wait to get to the Rising Sun. :lol: :lol:
Owning a dog/puppy is an expensive issue. They have difficulty walking past a pub ............... just like me perhaps?

Many years ago, it was a May Bank Holliday Monday, and we were gardening. Mrs Mick F was out the back, and I was out the front.
We'd agreed that we were going to stay at home and not go to a pub.

A few hours later, I went round the back and asked her if she had seen Rascal. She said no, so I went inside to see if he was sleeping in the livingroom. No sign of him, so the pair of us searched and called for him ................ we have three acres with much of it woodland.

No sight or sound of him anywhere. :shock:

I heard the phone ringing, so I answered and it was Jan, from the Queens Head.
The pub is a couple of miles or so away, and the shortest route is through farms and woods, goodness knows how he got there or how long he'd been away, but Jan had him on a short lead and Pete (the landlord) wouldn't let him in because he was filthy! :lol:

We drove up to collect him. :wink:
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby brynpoeth » 8 Jun 2019, 5:22pm

Mick F wrote:..
Just like Megan and Phoebe before him, he likes to eat sheep poo and horse poo. :lol:
Sally and Rascal were never interested in it.

Would that Sailor could talk and explain why he does that, does he really swallow it? Perhaps you should feed him grass, plants &c, then he might stop
Is he still growing, what does he weigh, how does he smell today?
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 9 Jun 2019, 7:45am

Weigh?
When he was last at the vets, he was just over 8Kg, but I expect him to be about 10Kg now. He's growing by the day.
He's fast asleep now having been walked at 7am. I don't want to wake him to weigh him.

Best way to weigh a dog - or most things for that matter - is to weigh yourself holding it, then weigh yourself without it, then subtract.
Done that with bikes and luggage over the years.

Sheep poo, he eats it and swallows it unless we can take it off him. Nothing wrong with it really I suppose, it's all vegetable matter, though I wouldn't like to have it on a plate! :lol:

He smells like a dog now, and less like a puppy as he's getting bigger and older.
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